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- You will be taught by world-leading academics in genomics research, including multifactorial traits and pharmacogenomics
- Learn how genomics is applied to clinical medicine
- Develop skills and knowledge in bioinformatics, genomic sequencing, rare disorders, infectious disease, cancer, epigenomics and more
- Benefit from our flexible study options – study full or part time, with a variety of optional modules to complement your career needs
- Suitable for graduates from a biological sciences background, there is also a Get Started with Genomics CPD Course to help prepare those interested in studying this MSc programme
- Funded places may be available for NHS professionals
We are Top 10 in the UK for our world-leading and internationally excellent research in clinical medicine
Our Public Health research is 11th in UK for Research Power
Major capital investment in new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities
Limited number of HEE funded places for NHS professionals
Genomic medicine is no longer a vision for the future. In the UK, the NHS aims to make genomic sequencing part of routine care. The University of Exeter has invested heavily in genomics, with cross-college expertise in cutting-edge technologies and world-leading genomic research.
We are one of seven universities to offer this prestigious programme and a flexible curriculum enables you to study cutting-edge genomics and how it is applied to clinical medicine. This MSc programme has been developed by Health Education England and will educate and train students to work in this rapidly evolving field.
Compulsory modules include ‘Fundamentals in Human Genetics and Genomics’, which begins by covering basic concepts in genetics and molecular biology. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules including 'Genomics of Rare Inherited Diseases', 'Infectious Disease', 'Molecular Pathology of Cancer' and 'Counselling Skills for Genomics'.
This MSc course can be studied on a full time basis over one year or over two or three years (part time), which may suit applicants who are already working full time. The programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. To gain a Masters qualification, you will need to complete 180 credits at level seven. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work, a 15 credit module being equivalent to 150 hours of work and a full Masters degree being equivalent to approximately 1,800 hours of work.
Genomic Medicine award structure
It is also possible to exit with a PGCert after completing 60 credits of taught modules or a PGDip after completing 120 credits of taught modules. The list of modules below shows which are compulsory.
View the draft timetable of contact days for 2022/23
Please note: this timetable is draft and subject to change
The last contact day and assessment deadline for the programme will be earlier than the actual end date of your registration with the University, to allow a period of time at the end of your active studies for further support and mitigation, if needed.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The full MSc course comprises 180 credits made up from seven core modules: six taught modules of 15 credits each and one research module of either 60 or 30 credits. A range of optional modules is available for you to design your own learning experience to complement your career needs, and to complete the full 180 credits required.
It is also possible to exit with a PGCert after completing 60 credits of taught modules or a PGDip after completing 120 credits of taught modules.
The PG Diploma comprises 120 credits made up of any modules of your choice.
The PG Certificate comprises 60 credits made up of any modules of your choice.
Entry requirements for 23/24 entry are to be confirmed
Normally a min 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency. A personal statement, detailing your reasons for seeking to undertake this subject, will be required.
Individuals who don't meet the normal entry criteria but have relevant professional experience will also be welcomed on to this MSc programme. Qualifications and experience will be assessed on application and there will be opportunities for APL (Assessment of Prior Learning).
Find out more about APL
International students are normally subject to visa regulations which prevent part-time study. It is recommended that international students apply for the level of the final award you intend to complete i.e. PGCert, PGDip or Masters, due to the associated cost and requirements for a Tier 4 student Visa.
Entry requirements for international students
Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
"I was attracted to the flexibility of ths course; I work as a Healthcare Assistant & for the COVID-19 immunisations program. I love that Exeter’s course allows me to work alongside study. I really like the course, everything varied & we choose quite a few modules. You get the breadth of genomics but also go into depth with each module to really develop your area of interest."
Studying MSc Genomic Medicine
Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.
- MSc: £11,500 full-time; £5,750 pa part-time (2 years); £3,900 pa part-time (3 years)
- PGDip: £3,900pa (2 years)
- PGCert: £3,900 (1 year)
Standalone module fees: UK: £1,100 per 15-credit module
Credit bearing modules: If you opt to take a non-accredited module and wish to then fully accredit this with the University of Exeter, you will need to pass the assessed elements of the course within 6 months of completion and there is an additional £200 accreditation fee.
- MSc: £27,000 full-time; £13,500 pa part-time (2 years);
- PGDip: £9,000 pa (2 years)
- PGCert: £9,000 (1 year)
Standalone module fees: International £2,500 per 15-credit module
We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students.
For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.
*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.
Funding and scholarships
UK government postgraduate loan scheme - Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees.
There are various funding opportunities available including Global excellence scholarships. For more information visit our Masters funding page.
NHS professionals in England can apply for funding from Health Education England (HEE) to undertake modules, up to a maximum of four (postgraduate certificate) in the first instance. More information
HEE funding does not guarantee a place at the University of Exeter. You should apply to the University in the first instance. The university will notify HEE who will assess each funding application against two main criteria:
• The individual must be an NHS healthcare professional working in England.
• The individual’s line manager must support the application and provide details of how the qualification aligns to local/regional workforce plans, and how the knowledge gained will be utilised locally/regionally/nationally.
Funding may be available for additional modules following successful completion of a PGcert - Learn more
Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
University of Exeter Class of 2023 Progression Scholarship - Graduating University of Exeter students completing their degree in Summer 2023, and progressing direct to a standalone taught Masters degree (eg MA; MSc; MRes; MFA) or research degree (eg MPhil/PhD), can apply for a scholarship worth 10% of the first year tuition fees.
Teaching and research
We deliver transformative education that tackles health challenges of national and global importance.
Our expertise ranges from translating findings from genomic studies to improve patient care, to using genomics to understand the evolution of infectious disease and the social and ethical aspects of genomic innovation in the life sciences, health and medicine.
Genomics research at Exeter is world-leading and supports our educational strategy and our objective to develop and apply innovative research and training methods, with opportunities for undergraduate, postgraduate and work-placed learning in diverse fields ranging from bioinformatics to the ethical legal and social impact of genomics.
Using a mix of learning formats, our modules each run over a six to eight week period and include at least three days’ intensive face-to-face teaching, interspersed with distance learning and independent study.
All learning will be patient focused, using clinical scenarios and a variety of learning and teaching methods to promote a wide range of skills and meet differing learning styles, including seminars, group work, practical demonstrations and exercises surrounding interpretation of data.
Teaching will be delivered by experts from a range of academic and health care professional backgrounds chosen to ensure a breadth and depth of perspective and giving a good balance between theories and principles, and practical management advice.
Distance learning is delivered through a virtual learning environment, delivering a library of study materials including recordings of all live lectures, virtual patients and independent learning tasks, reference materials and links to online tutorials.
There is an opportunity to undertake a research module either using genomic data from either the 100,000 Genomes project or our in-house data, or a literature-based dissertation.
This programme is based at the St Luke’s campus in Exeter, just a 15 minute walk from the city centre and just over a mile away from the Streatham Campus. The campus is close to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and RILD building, which is home to the NHS funded Exeter Health Library. Students have studied at St Luke’s campus for over 150 years and the campus enjoys a vibrant atmosphere set around the lawns of the quadrangle. Facilities at St Luke’s campus include:
Dr Jess Tyrrell
Dr Caroline Wright
Professor in Genomic Medicine
Dr Victoria Moye
Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science
Dr Jess Tyrrell
Jess is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for MSc Genomic Medicine. Her main research interest involves using genetics to explore causal relationships to improve our understanding of the complex relationship between metabolic health and mental health.
Contact Dr Jess Tyrrell to discuss the academic content of the programme.
For all other questions about the programme, including admission enquiries, start dates and fees, please complete the online enquiry form.
Dr Caroline Wright
Professor in Genomic Medicine
Caroline teaches on the core module Fundamentals in Human Genetics and Genomics within the MSc Genomic Medicine. Her main research interests are in the clinical application of genome-wide sequencing technologies for the diagnosis of rare diseases.
She is also a visiting scientist at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge, and is on the management committee for the UK Deciphering Developmental Disorders Study (www.ddduk.org).
Dr Victoria Moye
Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science
Vikki is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences. She is the deputy programme lead for the MSc Genomic Medicine and the Senior Academic Tutor for postgraduate taught programmes. She is also module lead for Molecular Pathology of Cancer and Application in Cancer Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment, and Pharmacogenomics and Stratified Healthcare.
She is currently a regional Public Engagement Officer for the Royal College of Pathologists helping facilitate public engagement in pathology in the South West.
Vikki is the senior academic tutor for the postgraduate taught programmes in CMH, and is committed to excellent student support.
Emma is a Senior Lecturer and module lead for two modules on the programme; Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine, and Epigenetics in Human Health and Diseases. Her current research focus is on identifying gene regulatory changes in brain disorders such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s Disease and developing new epigenetic techniques and protocols.
Free online course: 'Genomic Medicine: Transforming Patient Care in Diabetes': This free online course will introduce the topic of genomics, using the University of Exeter’s research expertise in diabetes, to illustrate the clinical application of current genomics knowledge. Find out more
Before the start of your course please use this material as an introduction to some of the basic concepts in genomics. If there are gaps in your knowledge please use the learning resources provided below.
By the end of this pre-learning you should be able to:
- Describe how the genome is structured and organised; using terms such as DNA, nucleotide, gene and chromosome.
- Explain how the information encoded in DNA is decoded resulting in the production of proteins; using terms such as codon, mRNA, transcription, translation and tRNA.
- Explain how a genetic variant can result in an observable trait; using terms such as gene expression, genotype, mutation, phenotype and protein function.
- Use pedigree charts to deduce common modes of Mendelian inheritance; using terms such as allele, autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, carrier, homozygote and X-linked.
- Appreciate that environmental factors affect gene expression. Terms to be understood here include epigenetics, histone and methylation.
- Understand that common diseases result from a complex interplay involving multiple genes and environmental factors. Terms to be understood here include polygenic and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP).
Links and resources
All of these topics will be covered in more depth in the various modules, but you should have broad knowledge of the terms involved. To assist you in reaching these targets the following links and resources should be useful. Numbers in brackets refers to the intended learning outcome (numbered 1-6 above) that the resource will help you to understand.
The Genomics Education Programme, set up by the NHS to educate its staff, provides brief courses in their Genomics 101 collection (duration ~30 min each) that will give you an overview of genomics from a clinical perspective.
To access these courses you will need to register for a free ‘elearning for healthcare’ account. On one of the course pages, select the ‘Sign up for free (NHS and UK universities)' option and register with a personal email account (this will give you access to limited content including the courses listed below).
- Genomics 101: From Genes to Genome. An introduction to DNA, genes, and the structure and function of the genome (1).
- Genomics 101: From Gene to Protein. An introduction to proteins, how they are synthesised, and the influence of genetic variants (2, 3).
- Genomics 101: Inheriting Genomic Information. An explanation of how genetic material is replicated and inherited, and how variants can arise (3).
- Genomics 101: Taking and Drawing a Genetic Family History. An explanation of genetic family histories and how they are recorded (4).
- Not a short course, but you may find that the webpage, How do I draw a family history, and the video, An introduction to genetics pedigrees, help you to interpret pedigree charts, including the use of Roman numerals and numbers to identify individuals within and between generations (4).
- Genomics 101: Dominant, Recessive and Beyond. This course explains how genetic conditions are inherited, and features in a family history that are characteristic of common modes of inheritance (4).
- The glossary compiled by HEE may provide a useful resource to refer to throughout your learning.
yourgenome.org is produced by the Public Engagement team at the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge. This website covers everything from basic biology to the complex ethical issues that arise from genome sequencing. Particular recommendations include:
The Genetic Science Learning Center at The University of Utah is an internationally-recognised education program that translates science and health for non-experts. Particular recommendations include:
The DNA Learning Center is part of the world-renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory which has been set up to educate students and non-experts as we enter an era where genetic information is available and plentiful. Particular recommendations include:
FutureLearn offers many Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) generated in partnership with UK universities. Free to sign up to (for time-limited access for 4-5 weeks) and of particular relevance to this course are the following MOOCS:
The course text book, New Clinical Genetics (available online at the library). Using a case-based approach this textbook makes understanding genetics an attractive and stimulating experience.
- Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 11 & 13 will help you in reaching the intended objectives (1-6) for this part of the course. There is also a good glossary at the back of the book. Of course there is a lot of detail in these chapters that will be covered during the course, so don't feel you have to read and understand everything!
Who is this course for?
Students who study this programme are likely to be clinical practitioners, diagnostic service providers, scientists, researchers and those aspiring to specialise within an academic career pathway. The course is designed for healthcare professionals working within the NHS, to improve their capabilities and support career progression.
Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the current state of genomics knowledge and how it will bring benefit to patients through improved diagnosis and personalised treatment, and how to disseminate knowledge to peers, patients and the public.
One of the optional modules allows you to apply the learning from your masters study to your own work place or a work-related project. Through critical analysis you will evaluate current evidence or practice of your own work environment, identify barriers or facilitators to change and provide recommendations to improve care or practice within your area.
Students who are not healthcare professionals would acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that should help them gain employment or PhD positions, especially in the expanding fields of genomics, bioinformatics, or other medically-related research and development in either academia, pharmaceutical or biotech industries.
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